Table Project – Part 1

Hello readers! How are you doing today? Well, I hope 😀 

I’m feeling excited for the week ahead! I have the entire five days off before my summer term begins next Monday. 

With all of this free time in front of me, I decided to take on a new project for the apartment. 

A family from my church had some cedar wood leftover from a project of their own, and they were gracious enough to let me have some extra pieces. So this week I plan on building a small console table in the hallway of the apartment.

I was able to stand the three pieces up, so this is what it will look like. I do however plan on painting the table. I still haven’t decided on a color yet, but I’m planning on doing some searching on Pinterest tonight for some inspiration.

There are so many ideas running through my mind as to how I want to decorate on and around the table!           One thing I know for sure is that Kris and I need a space for our keys. When I redid the entryway wall, I didn’t have room for them. Kris spotted this cool decoration at Ross on Saturday, and I plan on putting this up next to the table.

Beyond that, I’m not yet sure how I’d like to decorate. Hopefully Pinterest will be of inspiration! 

I’m really excited to work on this! It isn’t likely that I’ll have the whole thing finished in a week, money is tight right now. I’m excited to just get started on it, and I’ll keep you all up to date on my work!

Thanks for reading! If you have any suggestions or other comments, let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 

Little Things of the Week #5

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying your weekend! It’s hard to believe it’s already coming to a close. I’ve been busy the entire time and now that I’m actually sitting down, I wonder how it went by so quickly!

Anyway, I had a really pleasant week, and I’m ready to share with you all some of the highlights!

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I took this photo in the school library on Tuesday. It was dead week last week (week before finals), and I decided to spend a few hours on the quiet flood and hammer some assignments out. I’m a weirdo, but I LOVE spending time on the quiet floor of the library. Absolute silence gives me peace and helps me relax, I know a few people who feel like they get anxious when there’s too much quiet, but I’ve always found it to be so pleasant.

I’m also not a very social person, I try and put myself out there now and then, but no one can talk or interact on this floor so that keeps me calm too. I finished a lot of homework that day, and then I came back and stayed for a few hours the next day. I was a very productive person for those two days!

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This is a photo of my planner, and as you can see it is very decorated! My mother in law works at a little craft shop and she bought me all kinds of stamps and stickers for my planner throughout the year. I’m OBSESSED with them. As silly as it sounds, I feel like making my planner a little colorful and decorated makes the day seem a little more cheerful ♥ I’m a planner, I have to plan my day out, but I also like to make things pretty, so writing out my schedule is one of my favorite parts of the day.

My favorite part of this entire week was date night with my husband, which was on Wednesday. There is an old movie theater in town that plays classic movies, and they feature a different one each week. So this week they played Jaws. I can’t even begin to tell you how crazy I am about that movie, I . Love. It. I first saw it when I was six years old. I realize that is very young, but for whatever reason, I loved it.

So Kristofer took me to see it at the theater, and I had the absolute best time. As cheesy as this is, I got a little tearful during the movie. I had such a busy week, and getting to watch something that I love, that is part of my childhood, it gave me an overwhelming sense of comfort…despite the fact that it’s a movie about a killer shark LOL. Anyway, it was the best.

I’ve seen footage of people in the audience of a theater when it first came out, and all of them screaming at once when something scary happened, and I’d always thought “Man, that would be so fun to experience, to go back in time when all these classic movies came out, getting to experience it for the very first time”. When I was watching it, I felt like I was back in 1975 when Jaws had first come out, and I even got to witness everyone jump in fear when something scary happened – of course I didn’t, because I’ve seen it so many times that I knew it was coming haha.

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This photo is out of order from the rest, but I spent last weekend with my friends – and former roommates up until I got married – and we went out shopping and just hung out together. They are two friends that I can be a goofball around, and I am so thankful they are part of my life ♥ When this was taken, they were getting ready to move and there were boxes everywhere. So naturally, I tried to fit into them hence this great photo.

I thought this week I’d also add a favorite music feature, and might continue it, we’ll see. But I love the show One Tree Hill, and I binged watched a few episodes this week. One of the best parts of the show is the music that plays in every episode. This show came out in the early 2000s, so whenever I watch an episode, it is such a musical throwback and I love it. There were a few songs that I heard in the show this week that were really fun to hear again.

The Mixed Tape – Jack’s Mannequin » I haven’t heard this one before until this week honestly, but it sounds like a lot of the music I listened to in my middle school years, you know,  when life was so hard and no one understood me (eye rolls encouraged LOL).

Move Along – The All-American Rejects » This song was a huge favorite when I was twelve…well…okay it’s still a favorite. I will always love this song. I have listened to this one on repeat on some pretty rough days.

A Message – Coldplay » Sadly, and in my opinion, Coldplay doesn’t have this wonderful sound anymore. This song, and this album in general was so amazing. I especially loved this song when I was in middle school. This is one of the albums that defined ages 11-14 for me.

The season I was watching aired in 2005-2006, so a lot of the music I loved at that time were during my middle school years. Hearing all those songs was a fun throwback for me!

I am sure there will be more music from OTH that I obsess over, so don’t you worry 😉

Anyway, that’s my week in a nutshell. I had a good one!

Do you have any fun throwback songs you’ve heard recently that you love? Any fun date nights you went on? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

Entryway Wall Makeover

Hello readers! I hope you’re all doing well and having a good week. I wanted to share with you my recent project in the entryway of the apartment.

One of the first areas that I decorated when we moved in was the entryway wall, and I did it in such a rush that everything looked random and not very well put together (in other words, I was too impatient to wait and needed to decorate something, asap). So I decided to redo this wall and I am really pleased with the way it turned out!

 

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This is the finished product! My goal for this area was to fill up as much of the blank space as I could, and to make it the area of the apartment where the three of us (me, my husband and my brother in law) could find things of importance and keep each other up to date on things. We haven’t been very good about splitting up chores for example. We all do them, but sometimes we do the same one while the rest of the house is in need of some TLC, so I made a chart for dividing up household duties.

Along with that is our whiteboard calendar. I have had this calendar for almost a year now, and it has served as a helpful tool in keeping each other up to date on our work schedules and other events.

I think my favorite part of this project was finding the black wire basket. I found it at Michaels (I know, shocker) for about $15. I decided to make it our designated mail box where we keep important letters, bills, etc. I actually found a cardboard mailbox at Hobby Lobby last winter, and I decorated it and used it as a place for our mail, but it wasn’t helpful. Everyone kept forgetting it was on the bookshelf and mail would get lost and forgotten inside of it. So I figured I would start fresh with this wire basket, and make sure it’s well seen so that everyone will remember to open their mail.

I’ve had the decorative signs you see in the top right corner for a while now. I wanted to add them as the final elements to fill in the small space that was left. I found the “Home” sign at a fun little thrift shop called the Find near my college campus. The “131” drawing was made by me, with printer paper and black pen, pretty simple.

I am so glad I redid this wall, not only does it look more organized and put together, but it serves as a go-to area where all of us can keep up with what’s going on. With all of us having opposite work/class schedules, it can be hard to communicate sometimes, so this serves as another way of doing it.

If you are living with several roommates or family members and life gets busy among all of you, maybe try designating a specific area of your home to keeping each other posted and making sure responsibilities are taken care of.  I chose the entryway for this because it’s a spot that you can’t avoid when you walk into the apartment. I have had this up for a week now, and already my life is feeling more together – as much as it can anyway, I’m only 23 and have no idea what I’m doing.  ðŸ˜‰

I hope you all enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments what you think, and follow me to see more of my decorating adventures!

 

 

Little Things of the Week #4

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Hey there readers, happy Sunday to you all.

As you probably already know, this post is a couple of days late. This last week was very busy for me, and this weekend I needed to take a breather. By Friday I was on the verge of tears, and I knew that for the weekend I needed to step away from my responsibilities and take some time to rest, so I did just that!

With that being said, I want to make a slight change to this weekly feature. Rather than have these out every Friday, I’m going to give myself a three-day window of time to work on it, that way if I need to take a small break after a busy week, I can do so. Graduation is coming up, and my work week has gotten a little more intense, and I’m having to adjust to all of this and it hasn’t been easy.

I enjoy blogging, and I am so grateful for every person that reads and subscribes to my blog, and I don’t want to let anyone down with inconsistencies, so I feel that this is the best change.

Now that I have said this, I will go ahead and jump into this week’s little things!

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I took this photo on my way to work on Wednesday, it was somewhere around 6 in the morning and the sun was just coming up. Because all of my classes this term are in the middle of the day, I had to start working morning shifts. I have to commute an hour between home and work, so if I have a 7am shift, that means I’m out of the door by 6am.

It’s pretty rough having to do this a few times out of the week, but certainly what makes up for it is the hour long drive while the world is still so quiet and peaceful, and getting to see the sun rise is such a wonderful treat ♥

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I have an embarrassing number of photos of my cat Nessy, but she is my best little pal on the nights I’m home alone while Kris is at work. I had a hard week, and I was exhausted the entire time, and so when I had a couple of hours to just relax on the couch, she napped with me the whole time ♥ I suspect she rediscovered the catnip that’s been sitting in her cardboard box that she plays in, and it mellowed her out, hence her tongue sticking out in this photo, haha! She is a goofball, but it brings me so much laughter and joy.

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This last photo was taken on Friday, in between my classes. Friday was crazy, CRAZY. I had two classes back to back, both of which I had to give a presentation with some group members. Public speaking is really difficult for me, so I was a stressed out ball of nerves and constantly on the verge of tears. It was just a lot that day. To make matters worse, I forgot to pack a small lunch with me, so by the start of my first class, I was starving! I texted my good friend Erin and asked her to bring me a sleeve of saltines in between my classes, but instead she surprised me with a taco, my favorite guilty pleasure food. I was so thankful  for her in that moment, and getting to chat with her for a few minutes while I ate really helped calm my nerves. It was exactly what I needed. She is a great friend ♥

That is all for this week, I wish I could have documented more, but as I said I had a lot going on. Regardless, I still had some pretty wonderful moments in this difficult week I could look back on!

Thank you all for reading!

 

 

 

Little Things of the Week #3

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Hey readers! This is my second post today, Fridays are almost always the days that I have time, so hello again!

I’m excited to get into this week’s highlights, mostly because that’s all I have to cling to this week. Sad, I know. I got really sick on Sunday with some kind of flu/cold hybrid. I felt awful all week and spent all of my time laying on the couch, I was a congested and feverish mess. Blech! Not a great week for me.

ANYWAY, this post is supposed to be about looking at the positive elements of life, so I will do just that!

Weekly Feature 3-1I took this photo last Sunday, when my husband and I were on our way back home after visiting with family.

That was the first day that I fell ill, and I was NOT doing well. I had taken some Dayquil just a couple of hours beforehand and experienced for the first time what it’s like to take medication that isn’t non drowsy in the middle of the day. It wasn’t unlike being tipsy after having a glass of alcohol. So I was both stuffy and dizzy, a great combination. It did help my symptoms though, so I can’t complain too much.

Anyway, during my hazy state of being, I snapped this photo of a bridge we crossed that overlooks the Willamette River. It was a beautiful day and I have a lot of fond memories of spending my summer days as a child at this river, so it was a comforting view during our car ride home ♥

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While I was confined to the living room couch for several days, I did what I could to entertain myself, and I continued on in my adventures with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It isn’t often during the school year that I get to just sit down and take some time to read a good book, and life just sort of forced me to that point this week. I wasn’t in the mood to do homework, and it wasn’t like I was going to my classes anyway, so I took advantage of the time and lost myself in the story. It helped me feel better and distracted me kept me from being sad and grumpy over my circumstances.

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This wonderful photo was taken on Thursday. I was still feeling pretty crummy, but I HAD to get out of the house. I was going crazy. So my sweet and wonderful husband packed us a lunch and we drove to the nearest park and enjoyed the sun. We didn’t do very much but walk around and take in the outside, but I enjoyed every moment of it. He decided to be a dork and attempt to put on my sweatshirt and steal my phone and run away with it halfway on his body.

This is why I love him so much, he will go out of his way to look ridiculous, but even though I roll my eyes, he knows that eventually I will start laughing. He provided me with many laughs that I was in dire need of this week ♥

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I ended this week in a pleasant mood, I had started feeling a lot better and could finally breathe through my nose again. I spent the last day of free time that I had by working on my wedding scrapbook. I have only been scrapbooking for a year, and it has all been on this particular event. I love it! I just want to document everything now so that I can decorate all over the photos! This put me in a calm and relaxed mood, and now I only have three more pages to finish!

 

This week was certainly difficult, the most difficult I’ve had in a while. But what I appreciate about this time is that my crummy circumstances forced me to slow down and take a break from work and school, because my body demanded it. Sometimes it’s necessary to take those breaks and remember how good it feels to sleep in, how good it feels to lay on the couch , curled up in your coziest blanket with a good book firmly in your grip. I forgot how necessary it is to slow down and turn off the outside world for a bit and focus on what I need, it was a blessing in disguise.

I’m thankful for this week.

Thank you all for reading! Did you have a hard week? A fun and memorable one? What were some negative aspects of it that actually turned out to be a good thing? Let me know in the comments what you think, I would love to hear from you!

Have a great weekend!